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Johnstown businessman killed in crash just blocks away from home

WESTMONT, Pa. -- Friends and neighbors in the Westmont community are in shock after an accident early Sunday morning claimed the life of Jaymie Petrick just blocks away from his home.

"There's a lot of shaken up people here," said John Speicher, who lives nearby. "It's a sick in your stomach feeling. (He) was just a really good person. He always waved to people. It's a shame."

"We're all devastated and it's so sad because those three young children, and he has two more," said Lena Omodio, another neighbor.

Police said Petrick's wife Misty turned off Omar Street onto Emmett Street. They said she quickly went off the road and smashed into a tree. But there's hardly any damage. If it wasn't for police markings and a few tire tracks in the grass, the accident scene would be unrecognizable.

"It was very shocking," said Pete Omodio. "We heard about it Sunday afternoon where he hit that tree about a 16th of a mile from my house and no damage done to the tree. I can't believe it."

Police are still investigating and said Monday they don't know what caused the crash.

Jaymie Petrick owned an auto repair shop in Ferndale. Employees there were too upset to talk Mondayh, but some of his best clients, his neighbors, told 6 News his work will be missed almost as much as his personality.

"He was just one of these guys that went to work 6:30 every morning and wouldn't come home till late," said Speicher. "(He was a) hard-working guy, a family guy and a really good guy. He actually was our mechanic."

Misty Petrick was still in the hospital Monday listed in fair condition.

"She may be released in a couple days," said Lena Omodio. "Her father is very upset, but they will help her. They'll take care of her."

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times